Friday, 29 April 2016

Friday, April 29th

In Math today, students used their knowledge about perimeter and area and applied it to real world situations.  They calculated the perimeter and area of various objects and had fun doing so!

During Language, students asked questions about The One and Only Ivan before we started to read the book.  I also asked students to infer and explain what The One and Only Ivan meant to them.

Open House is next Friday!  You are welcome to come by for a visit. You can visit anytime between 7:45 to 9:00.

Also, the following flyer is a contest going on with the Ottawa Public Library.  If there are any students who wish to join, you can submit your art work to me and I will give it to Jen, the Librarian.
Ottawa Library Book Title contest

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Thursday, April 28th

In Math, we looked at how to measure the area of shapes with linear measurements.  Here is an example of a rectangle:

Basically, I asked students to get in the habit of stating the formula for area first:


Then, to replace the variables L and W

A= 5cm x 11cm

The last step is to calculate:


In Language, we started to read The One and Only Ivan.  Some students were able to make predictions on padlet:
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-reading log (due tomorrow)
-Math: complete practice work on area (due tomorrow).  Please let me know if you are having trouble with this.  Thank you!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday, April 27th

This morning, we compared finding the area of a shape using square units and using the basic formula:  A=LxW    Students also had the chance to play in game with a partner to become more comfortable finding the area of a given shape.

In Language, students practised their inferring skills by looking at pictures and coming up with inferences (or conclusions).  This skill will help them when they will have to infer with text they read.

-reading log
-Math Prodigy (I assigned some multiplication).  We are revisiting multiplication as we will have to multiply to find area.  
-Some students also need to do some work on their APP projects.  I continually check in to see that we are on track.  I remind students that this work is going towards their Media grade on the report card.

Open House is taking place next week on Friday, May 6th, from 7:45 to 9:00.  You're welcome to pay a visit during this time!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Tuesday, April 26th

We had our visit from the Holy Trinity students this morning to work on our APP project.  The project is coming along really well!  Students are asked to do five more questions tonight for homework.

During Language, I read a non-fiction book about castles.  Students were to asked to write thick questions and practice inferring with their these questions.  Asking questions has been our focus, however we are bridging this onto inferring.

-reading log
-Write five multiple choice questions for the APP project (saved on your Google drive)

We will be having an open house on Friday, May 6th from 7:45 to 9:00.  You are welcome to come by the classroom during this time and pay a visit.  While your visit, you will have the chance to see the latest work by your child.  Your child will show you how they are doing in the areas of Language and Math.  There will also be some fun Math involved for you and your child to solve!  Hope you can make it!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Thursday, April 21st

Tomorrow, we have our Geometry test.  I told students earlier this week that the best way to study is to look over their notes (blue duotang and Math notebook).  Also, students are encouraged to practice with the links provided under "Geometry" and they can also view the following videos in Khan Academy:

Khan Academy
They can view the following:  angle types, line of symmetry, and classifying geometric shapes.

I also added some Geometric nets practice in Math Prodigy (5-10 mins).

Once the test is marked, I will send this home to be signed, along with their 2D Town assignment they had.

-reading log due tomorrow
-Geometry test tomorrow

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Wednesday, April 20th

In Math today, we looked at geometric nets.  Nets are usually the unfolding of 3D shapes.  The following link provides the different 3D nets students should be familiar with:

3D Study site

Study site for 3D nets

In Language, we looked at the story, Fly Away Home.  Students are getting really good at asking higher order thinking questions!  We are beginning to make the bridge to make inferences based on our questions.  We will continue to build this skill this week.

-reading log
-Math: do questions 2, 3, 4(circle the cubes)
-Math test on Friday.  Study with the links provided.

-Scholastic book orders are due Friday.
-Plastic grab bag challenge is on until Friday.  Send in those plastic bags!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Tuesday, April19th

Congratulations to Libby, Naa-Ameley, Ava S., and Emjae of representing Holy Redeemer at this year's MASC writer's conference!

This morning in Math, we continued to practice finding the properties of 3D shapes.  We will be having a final test on Friday.  Students are encouraged to take home their notebooks and duotangs to look over their work, and to study with the links under "Geometry".  This should help students be better prepared for the test.

During Language, we continued our focus on asking questions while reading.  I was impressed with how well the students knew what thin and thick questions meant.  I did a readaloud with The Night Walker.  Students had to come up with thin and thick questions based on the book.

-reading log
-Study for your Math test (your Math notes and blog links)

-Tomorrow is wear white day for clean air.
-We are still collecting plastic bags until Friday for the Grab Bag Challenge

Monday, 18 April 2016

Monday, April 18th

Image result for triangular prism
This morning, students were exploring different 3D shapes and their properties.  Students dissected the 3D shapes into the faces that they saw.  For example:

A triangular prism has 2 triangles and 3 rectangles.

In Language, I did a readaloud with the story, Henry's Freedom Box.  Students practised asking questions about the text while I read the story.  I demonstrated that there are two types of questions: thin and thick.  With thin questions, you can find the answer in the book.  And with thick questions, you can use some text clues to help answer your questions, but a lot of the answers (or inferences) come from you, the reader.

-reading log
-Math: practice sheet on 3D shapes (due tomorrow)

-The plastic bag challenge is on!  We collected 94 bags in just one day!  Keep those bags coming!
-Tomorrow we wear green for trees and the land
-Scholastic book orders are due by Friday.  I mentioned to students that we will be doing a book study soon on The One and Only Ivan (I will be doing a readaloud).  The Scholastic book order in Arrow has it for sale on page 2 for $6.99.  This is only optional. I will also try to get an audio copy from the Ottawa Library.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Friday, April 15th

Next week is Earth Week at Holy Redeemer!  On Monday, students are encouraged to wear:

Monday: blue for water
Tuesday: Green for trees and clean land
Wednesday: White for clean air
Thursday: yellow/red/orange to conserve energy
Friday: blue and green for the Earth

We are taking part in the plastic grab bag challenge.  The goal is to collect as many plastic bags as these bags will be brought to Walmart to recycle.  Start collecting your bags from home and bring them in for this fun challenge.

There is no assigned homework for the weekend.  However, I did encourage students to try and finish up writing their 50 multiple choice questions.  This should be a shared responsibility amongst the group members.  There are about 3 group members per group.  

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Wednesday, April 13th

This morning in Math, students explored 3D shapes.  We had a class discussion on the difference between a prism and a pyramid.  Afterward, they used modelling clay along with toothpicks to find out the amount of faces, edges and vertices each shape had.

In Language, we began our unit on asking questions and inferencing.  I modelled to the students how to keep track of their thinking, especially when they have questions about the text.  
-reading log (due tomorrow - PD day on Friday)
-Do another 5 multiple questions for the APP project.  I will give the groups time for a meeting tomorrow to see how many questions they have done so far, and to know what needs to be done for our next meeting with the Holy Trinity students.

 Students working on their 3D prisms and pyramids.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Tuesday, April 12th

We continued our work on the 2D towns.  Students are going home with them tonight to finish up their good copies.  They should be finished their rough copies in class, as there was plenty of class time given for this.

During second block, students finished up their final assignments for persuasive writing.  Once these are all graded, I told the class that I will be putting everyone's work into a class book.  Students were also encouraged to work on their APP project questions.  Their goal is to have 50 questions in total per group. 

-reading log
-Math: finish up 2D town for tomorrow

Monday, 11 April 2016

Monday, April 11th

This morning, we began our assignment on 2D shapes.  Students were given a list of criteria to include when building a 2D town.  For example, they are to include a road that has a right angle, etc...  It's pretty much like city planning, but with 2D shapes and angles included.

During Language, students worked on their final writing pieces for persuasive writing.  Students chose a book or series of their choice and are to write a three to four paragraph essay (intro, body paragraphs, conclusion) to persuade their audience that their chosen book is a good book to read.

-reading log
-Students are to write 5 multiple choice questions for their APP project.  They can either write directly on their shared file in Google Drive or they can write it on lined paper and bring it in tomorrow to add to their file.  Students should already have their themes chosen in their groups (e.g., rocks and minerals, etc..)

Friday, 8 April 2016

Friday, April 8th

I would like to thank all the students for taking part in the presentation for Stewardship for Creation today.  You did a job well done!  Congratulations, once again, to Emjae for winning the Ottawa writing competition.  Her writing will now go on to the provincial competition.  Good luck, Emjae!  Also, I'd like to give thanks for those students who participated in the writing contest.  

-If you are in my Science class, there is a quiz on Monday on the properties of light.  You are to study your notes and to look over your practice quiz I gave to you on Thursday.  I will also posts some of the Science videos that I showed in class.  Please see the top right-hand corner.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Thursday, April 7th

Ms.Boudrias was away today at a teacher conference.  I noticed that the pictures didn't upload yesterday.  Here are some of the symmetrical creations the students did in Math class:

-reading log (due tomorrow)
-please read 2 Raz kids books by tomorrow

-our presentation about Stewarship for Creation will be at 10:15 in the gym.  You are welcome to join us!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Wednesday, April 6th

In Math today, students reviewed and explored the concept of symmetry.  Below are some of their creations they made working in partners.  We also looked at how many lines of symmetry would you find in different types of polygons.  

In Writing, we began our final assignment on persuasive writing with the planning stage.  Students are to choose their favourite book and write about why it is a good book to read.  I showed them a few examples to go with.  This will be collaborated into a class book.

-reading log
-read two books from RAZ kids.  Students have until Friday to do this.  I encouraged students to do this reading as it will help me to see where they are at in terms of their reading and reading responses as I have access to their account.  This will help give me guidance on our next step for reading.

-Our grade four presentation on Stewardship for Creation is on Friday at 10:15.  You are welcome to join us!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Tuesday, April 5th

This morning, we explored more about angles.  Students used the letters of the alphabet to look for the different types of angles.  It's really nice to see them having fun while doing Math!  I'm always hoping for a positive experience.

During second block, we worked on our presentation piece for the showcase.  This is the showcase that's by the front office.  Our actual technological presentation will be on Friday at 10:15.  You are welcome to join us!  

-reading log
-Math: practice on Math prodigy (15 mins)

Our technological presentation on Stewardship for Creation is on Friday at 10:15.  The monthly Gospel Value awards will also be presented for each class.  Gospel value awards are focused on faith.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Monday, April 4th

This morning, we started the day off by looking at angles.  Students learned four basic benchmark angles:  the right angle, the obtuse angles, the acute angle, and the straight angle.  Some practice is going home tonight.  They are to do questions 1 to 5.

During Language, we continued our focus on building more detailed paragraphs for our persuasive writing.  Students were to state a reason, along with 2-3 facts or examples for each paragraph.

-reading log
-Math: do questions 1 to 5 for tomorrow.

Our Gospel Value presentation on Stewardship for Creation has been moved to Friday at 10:15 and will be in the gym.  You are welcome to join us.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Friday, April 1st

Happy April Fool's Day!
I had my share of pranks from the students this morning.  We started our day off with the Holy Trinity High School students and worked on our App project.

During Language, I explicitly taught students how to develop their persuasive writing, especially within their paragraphs.  We also had our debate about students having homework.  This was a great debate!  I saw some improvement from our last debate as students practised building on the idea of others and trying to articulate their ideas.  

There is no homework this weekend.  I do encourage students to do any practice on Math Prodigy/Math links, or to read books in RAZ kids on their spare time.

Have a good weekend!